Copper worth ten's of thousands of dollars was stolen from a cell phone tower in Aiken, South Carolina. The thefts occured between May 1st and the 12th and affected four different companies. Companies affected were Att, T-Mobile, Alltel, and Sprint. Total reported amount of copper stolen totaled $16,000. Thousands of dollars in copper were also stolen from an Att tower located at 1336 Jefferson Davis Highway in Graniteville. Spokeswoman from Att Stacey Harth stated without this copper the towers are more vulnerable to lightening strikes.
If a tower is hit this could affect cell phone users in Georgia-Carolina. The Aiken County Sheriff's office is said to be investigating this incident. For those who live around a "Stealth" celltower, located within a dark, dangerous celltower utility access road, the celltower copper thefts present additional safety, security, and welfare issues and problems. As crime in residential communities in regards to copper theft, is not uncommon. Copper is often stolen from air-condition units. If the criminals are looking for copper on cell phone towers, your air condition unit copper could also become a target.
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